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Agatha Christie

Her full name was Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), she was a British writer of novels, short stories and plays. Her father, Frederick, was an outgoing American with an ongoing income after he died Agatha became closer to her mother Clara.

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Two of her novels

A POCKET FULL OF RYE

A Pocket Full of Rye is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on November 9, 1953, and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company the following year. The UK edition retailed at ten shillings and sixpence (10/6)and the US edition at $2.75. The book features her detective Miss Marple.

Like several of Christie’s novels (e.g., Hickory Dickory Dock, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe) the title and substantial parts of the plot reference a nursery rhyme, in this case Sing a Song of Sixpence.

ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE

Is one of the books by Agatha Christie of detective fiction and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on November 3 1958 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company the following year. The UK edition retailed at twelve shillings and sixpence (12/6) and the US edition at $2.95. It is regarded by critics as one of the best of her later works, and was also one of Christie’s two favorites of her own novels, the other being Crooked House..

The novel is also noted for being one of Christie’s darkest works, alongside such classics as Ten Little Indians, with a strong focus on the psychology of innocence.


The mousetrap

Is a murder mystery play Agatha Christie and the longest is the longest running theatrical performance in history, with over 23,000 performances since 1952 and has been running continuously since then.

The play began life as a short radio play broadcast on 30 May 1947 called Three Blind Mice in honour of Queen Mary, the consort of King George V. The play had its origins in the real-life case of the death of a boy, Dennis O’Neill, who died whilst in the foster care of a Shropshire farmer and his wife in 1945. The Mousetrap has broken several records for its continuous theatrical run since its opening, and it is estimated that more than four million people had seen the play by the time its twenty-five year anniversary was celebrated in 1977.

When she wrote the play, Christie gave the rights to her grandson Matthew Prichard as a birthday present. Outside of the West End, only one version of the play can be performed annually and under the contract terms of the play, no film adaptation can be produced until the West End production has been closed for at least six months.

St Martin’s Theatre, London


What did Queen Elizabeth II give to Agatha?

She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire (esentially equivalent of Knighthood but for females) by Queen Elizabeth.Agatha Christie won the Commander of the Order of the British Empire decoration in 1956 for being the most popular British crime mystery writer. Her husband received the same decoration in 1960, his for archaeology. Max received a knighthood in 1968, giving them the titles of Sir Max and Lady Mallowan. Agatha received an Order of Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1971 from Queen Elizabeth II.

Good to know about Agatha Christie

Throughout the time Agatha Christie is Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time and according to the to Index Translationum, Christie is the most translated individual author, with only the collective corporate works of Walt Disney Productions surpassing her. She published two autobiographies: a posthumous one covering childhood to old age; and another chronicling several seasons of archaeological excavation in Syria and Iraq with her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan.


AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939under the title Ten Little Niggers. Then the title was changed in January of 1940 Ten Little Indians, as the original title, which originally derived from antiquated English terminology, is considered racist by modern standards.

 

The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence and the U.S. edition at $2.00.It was republished in May 2001, by St Martin’s Paperback Editions as And Then There Were None, due to the controversy over the former title. The novel was made into several films.

It is Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time (Publications International lists it as 7th best-selling).It has been adapted into several plays, films,  and a video game.